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Hybrid Sorceress Guide

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Overview:

The hybrid sorceress is the second strongest sorceress variant behind the lightning sorceress. She is incredibly well rounded because it utilises both fire and cold elements which means that there are very few monsters who are completely immune to her attacks. There are three main varieties of hybrid sorceress: Fireball / Frozen Orb, Meteor / Frozen Orb and Firewall / Frozen Orb. This guide will focus on the Fireball variety since it has a fluid, reactive playstyle and has the highest overall damage output.

STRENGTHS

  • Extremely efficient at clearing high density areas.
  • Dual elements mean less trouble with immune monsters.
  • Frozen Orb slow is excellent crowd control.
  • Very effective Magic Finding.
  • Much cheaper than the lightning sorceress since Infinity is not required.

WEAKNESSES

  • Fragile – requires good gameplay mechanics.

Character Stats

FASTER CAST RATE BREAKPOINTS

Teleport / Fireball

9 Frames = 63 FCR

8 Frames = 105 FCR < Optimal Performance

7 Frames = 200 FCR

FASTER HIT RECOVERY BREAKPOINTS

9 Frames = 42 FHR < Spirit Runeword alone provides 55

8 Frames = 60 FHR < +5 FHR Small Charm or +10 FHR Rare Boots

7 Frames = 86 FHR

BLOCKING

In PvM, it is generally better not to block attacks. If the sorceress teleports into the middle of a nasty monster pack, she should teleport to disengage rather than attempting to tank through it. This is true for Hardcore as well. Block does not increase survivability due to the high risk of getting stuck in block animations. Having Glacial Spike hotkeyed can also be useful to stun any monsters which come into melee range.

DAMAGE STAT PRIORITY

-Enemy Fire Resistance is the most valuable stat for increasing fire damage, especially versus broken immunes.

+Fire Skill Damage is lowest priority because it stacks additively with your fire mastery.

-Enemy Cold Resistance is very important for increasing cold damage, however, we can easily hit the cap of -100% through a combination of Cold Mastery levels and Infinity.

+Cold Skill Damage is the most valuable stat for increasing cold damage since cold mastery affects enemy resistances.

+Skills are always good on a sorceress – her spells scale extremely well with levels.

STRENGTH: Enough to equip items (preferably 0)

DEXTERITY: 0

VITALITY: All Remaining Points

ENERGY: 0

Skill Distribution

20 Ice Bolt

20 Frozen Orb

20 Fireball

20 Meteor

1 Static Field

1 Telekinesis

1 Teleport

1 Frozen Armor

1 Cold Mastery

1 Fire Mastery

1 Warmth

Rest into Fire Bolt

Itemisation

LOW BUDGET

Helm: Lore Helm

Amulet: Any +2 Sorceress Skills Amulet

Weapon: 30+ FCR Spirit Sword

Armor: Any Smoke Armor

Shield: 30+ FCR Spirit Monarch (Larzuk Quest will give 4 sockets)

Gloves: Magefist

Belt: Any Crafted Caster Belt

Boots: 30 FRW Boots with Lightning or Fire Resistances

Ring 1: 10 FCR Ring with Lightning or Fire Resistances

Ring 2: 10 FCR Ring with Lightning or Fire Resistances

Weapon Switch: N/A

Shield Switch: N/A

Inventory

Any charms with +Life and/or +Resistances that are available.

Nightmare Defensive Mercenary (Holy Freeze Aura)

Merc Helm: Socket Helm + 3 Perfect Amethysts

Merc Weapon: Insight Colossus Voulge (Larzuk Quest will give 4 sockets)

Merc Armor: Socketed Armor + Ral + Ort + Thul + 15 IAS Jewel

INCREASED ATTACK SPEED BREAKPOINTS

Act II Mercenary / Colossus Voulge / Jab

6 Frames = 35 IAS

5.5 Frames = 56 IAS

5 Frames = 89 IAS

MEDIUM BUDGET

Helm: Tal Rasha’s Horadric Crest + Perfect Topaz

Amulet: Tal Rasha’s Adjudication

Weapon: Tal Rasha’s Lidless Eye

Armor: Tal Rasha’s Guardianship + Perfect Topaz

Shield: 35 FCR Spirit Monarch

Gloves: Magefist

Belt: Tal Rasha’s Fine-Spun Cloth

Boots: War Traveler

Ring 1: Stone of Jordan

Ring 2: Stone of Jordan

Weapon Switch: Any Call to Arms Crystal Sword or Flail

Shield Switch: Spirit Monarch

Inventory

Any charms with +Life or +Fire Resistance that are available.

Any +6-7% MF Small Charms that are available.

Any Cold or Fire Skill Grand Charms that are available.

Low-End Annihilus and Hellfire Torch

Gheed’s Fortune

Nightmare Defensive Mercenary (Holy Freeze Aura)

Merc Helm: Tal Rasha’s Horadric Crest + 15 IAS Jewel

Merc Weapon: Ethereal Insight Colossus Voulge (Larzuk Quest will give 4 sockets)

Merc Armor: Any Treachery Armor

HIGH BUDGET

Helm: Nightwing’s Veil + 5/5 Fire Die Facet

Amulet: 2 Sorceress Skills / 10 FCR / 20 All Resistances Rare Stat Amulet

Weapon: Death’s Fathom + 5/5 Fire Die Facet

Armor: Enigma Dusk Shroud

Shield: Spirit Monarch

Gloves: Magefist Crusader Gauntlets

Belt: Arachnid Mesh

Boots: Aldur’s Advance

Ring 1: Stone of Jordan

Ring 2: Stone of Jordan

Weapon Switch: Call to Arms Crystal Sword or Flail

Shield Switch: Spirit Monarch

*Life, Mana and Strength are additional desirable affixes on Rare Items

Inventory

Annihilus

Hellfire Torch (Sorceress)

Up to 9x 45 Life Fire Skill Grand Charm

1x 11 Lightning Resistance / 5 FHR Small Charm

Up to 9x 17 Mana / 20 Life Small Charm

Nightmare Offensive Mercenary (Might Aura)

Merc Helm: Ethereal Andariel’s Visage + 30 Fire Resistance / 15 IAS Jewel

Merc Weapon: Ethereal Infinity Giant Thresher

Merc Armor: Ethereal-Bugged Treachery Sacred Armor

INCREASED ATTACK SPEED BREAKPOINTS

Act II Mercenary / Thresher / Jab

5 Frames = 42 IAS

4.5 Frames = 75 IAS < Optimal Performance

4 Frames = 142 IAS

Gameplay

LOW BUDGET

The low budget hybrid sorceress is an excellent Jack of All Trades for Hell Players 1 difficulty. She is able to clear all game content relatively easily, making her an excellent choice for rushing other players. The best areas to farm are either bosses or High Density zones: Andariel, Mephisto, Cows, Chaos Sanctuary and Baal Runs – these will net the highest number of valuable unique and set drops overall but other routes such as Countess and Nihlathak are fine as well. You should begin with a Frozen Orb to slow enemies before spamming Fireballs. Unfortunately, Frozen Orb has a 1 second Cast Delay which prevents you from casting too many at once.

Using Teleport to reposition your sorceress is a key skill as she is relatively fragile. You should also use Teleport to reposition your mercenary if he gets stuck in a nasty situation. Teleport backwards and then use Glacial Spike to freeze enemies in place. It is more efficient better to skip past dual Cold / Fire immune monsters.

MEDIUM BUDGET

The medium budget hybrid sorceress is much the same as the low budget version but with a lot more survivability. Call to Arms is an excellent pickup for boosting your life and mana and the full Tal Rasha’s provides excellent resistances and magic find. The damage output will not increase by a huge amount until Infinity is available so the best difficulty settings to farm are still Players 1 and Players 3. This build benefits from having very high magic find without sacrificing other stats (350-400% MF).

HIGH BUDGET

A fully built hybrid sorceress follows the same principle as a lightning sorceress. Rather than stacking MF%, this sorceress is capable of clearing higher difficulty levels (Players 5 or 7) to increase the number of drops. With endgame gear, we can replace our Holy Freeze Merc with a Might Merc which will make short work of unbreakable immunes. The Hybrid Sorceress finishes with approximately:

  • 1100 Frozen Orb Damage
  • 16,000 Fireball Damage
  • -200% Enemy Cold Resistance
  • -95% Enemy Fire Resistance
  • 3000 Life
  • 1200 Mana
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